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Minibus Driver - Part-time

The Viking Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F20-80-S
  • Posted:04/07/2022
  • Pay:KR3 £19,293 pro rata
  • Start Date:5th September 2022
  • App Close Date:22/07/2022 at 13:00
  • Interviews:25th July 2022

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We are looking for a flexible, friendly and courteous minibus driver to drive our school minibus, transporting Upton Junior School pupils to school in the morning. There will also be other opportunities for additional hours driving pupils and staff to various curricular events happening externally across the academic year.

We expect our minibus driver to transport pupils in a safe, proper and timely manner to school ensuring their welfare is paramount at all times. 

The role will be 10 hours per week, working early mornings in the first instance. This role will be paid on Kent Range 3, £19,293 pro rata.

Key Accountabilities:

  • To ensure all children are escorted and delivered safely to school on time in line with all Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • To drive the school mini-bus with utmost care and attention at all times in line with the requirements of the Highway Code.
  • To ensure all children are secured safely and seated in line with the law before the vehicle moves.
  • To understand your responsibility for safeguarding the well-being of the children who are passengers on the service.
  • To be thoroughly reliable and punctual at all times and to use initiative and communicate clearly with the school if traffic problems prevent punctuality
  • To ensure a daily safety inspection is made of the vehicle before use

Essential Requirements for the Role:

  • Current holder of a valid clean driving licence with D1 entitlement
  • At least 2 years’ driving experience due to insurance requirements
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to interact appropriately with young children and able to adjust communication style
  • ‘Outstanding Customer service’ skills – pleasant and co-operative at all times
  • Be able to uphold all health and safety and safeguarding procedures at all times
  • Be courteous, caring and cheerful with our young passengers

Above all you will need to like children, to want the very best for them & be prepared to put their needs first. Children will be at the heart of your work.

The Viking Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure application to the Criminal Records Bureau and check against the ISA-barred list for children. 

Information about the trust

The Viking Academy Trust is a primary only, Multi-Academy Trust consisting of three inspirational schools: Upton Junior School, Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Arts Primary School.

Our One Childhood One Chance philosophy resonates throughout everything we do at the Viking Academy Trust.

The Viking Academy Trust has a dedicated staff team determined in their efforts to ensure all pupils receive a first class educational experience. We combine a broad, challenging, high-quality education with excellent pastoral care and extra-curricular opportunity.

Our aim is to educate our pupils in the broadest sense, offering a firm foundation for life, a challenging but safe environment and a strong community spirit.

Our pupils; staff, parents and governors are proud of their schools - come and see why!

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Lisa Blatchford, Chief Operations Officer
  • Address:Chilton Primary School,
    Chilton Lane,
    CT11 0LQ
  • Telephone: 01843 597695
  • Email: coo@vikingacademytrust.com



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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.